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Any ideas how to fix this crack?

Got an 06+ XL grille and need to fix the crack so it doesn't look like crap. Any ideas? I was thinking a fiberglass kit, but how would I fix the front after fiberglassing the back?

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Are you going to paint it? If so what about that plastic weld crap?
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Are you going to paint it? If so what about that plastic weld crap?
That stuff is bad ***. I've had it hold good enough that when the plastic was stressed it would break next to the glued joint, not on the glued joint.
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if i paint it i'm only gonna use krylon fusion semi-gloss black
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plastic weld crap as in "jb weld"?
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Get a little too crazy while moosin around again?
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If you are gonna sand/repaint, you could maybe try melting it back together... If you're gonna have to buy a new one, it may be worth a shot...
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this is my back up grille i want to get fixed up. And the guy i got it from got hit by another vehicle in turn breaking the grille and front valance.
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i've heard of places out here that do "plastic welding" not sure how that works and what not... but apparently it looks almost flawless...
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all i need is flat.. don't care about how it gets there just need it to be lol
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Buy some ABS Cement from your local home improvement store. Add it to the crack and try to fill it. Then sand away the excess abs and paint. $3 fix.
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gonna have to try that when stores open up next week
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It's a really easy fix. And it sticks pretty well because it molds with the existing ABS.
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Harbor freight sells a cheap plastic welder ($35), or you can get some epoxy crap that will bond the two.
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Plastic Welder is a brand of Epoxy. I think most of the auto parts stores carry it and Wal-mart has it too. If you use it I'd sand the area so it'll stick good.
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Use ABS cement

I second the use of ABS cement, that is what your grill is made from, I have repaired dozens of BMW motorcycle panniers using it. "V" out the crack in the back side a little, mix the bits with the standard cement and use it to fill the crack, a little will ooze out both sides of the crack, let it dry overnight and carefully remove the excess. If you have a spare flat piece of ABS, you can reinforce the back of the crack, it won't show when installed.
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